Atomium. From symbol to icon.

Permanent exhibition on three floors / base sphere (levels 1 & 2) + panorama (level 7)




On 17th April 1958, the last universal world fair organised by Belgium was inaugurated on the Heysel site in Brussels. A hugely colourful event, spreading a message full of boundless optimism, reflecting a society characterised by confidence in its future, Expo 58 inspires fond memories in our collective consciousness.

The new exhibition Atomium. From symbol to icon is spread over 2 floors (levels 1 & 2) and the panorama (level 7). It tells the history of this pavillion of more than 50 years old and how it became, with time, the symbol of the city of Brussels and of Belgium.

Using archived documents, photographs, souvenirs and videos from the era as well as countless models, this exhibition will take visitors on a journey back in time to this unforgettable, breathtaking event (base sphere / levels 1 & 2).
In the panorama (level 7) the visitor gets extensive information about the location of Brussels' buildings and districts. Certain European and world cities are situated as well so the visitor can orientate himself. Finally he can compare images of Expo 58 with what he can see from the panorama today.
For some, this is the perfect opportunity to rediscover this enchanting experience; for others, who know nothing about Expo 58 and its passion for progress, this is a chance to learn about this magical time which still infuses the Atomium with its energy.

Symbol and brand of  Expo 58,  the star of Lucien De Rouck is unavoidable.


Lucien De Roeck (Belgium 1915-2002) dedicated his life to design,typographie and teaching. In 1954 he won the design competition designing the logo and poster for the Worldfair in Brussels that would take place in 1958.


The Expo-star, an elegant, asymmetric star, still is a recognizable symbol. The five rays represent the five continents, carrying out the humanistic message to the entire  world. On the right side you can see a globe and the date. In the center of the star one can recognize an image of the Brussels city hall.
In 1958 this star was everywhere, on posters, streetcars, outfits of the hostesses, souvenirs...


>>> visit the website of the Foundation Lucien De Roeck.




Expo 58 - Universal Worldfair of Brussels of Atomium on Pinterest.


>>> We look forward to welcoming you to the Atomium in person soon, but in the meantime, take a trip back in time and visit the virtual Expo 58 site.

>>> Books and DVDs about the history of the Atomium and Expo 58 are available in the Atomium shop.





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